Today's sermon topic was Make Me Authentic.
What's the Difference between being Authentic and Inauthentic.
Pastor Chris from the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham AL spoke today.
Being authentic is: Your relationship with God is...
Internal instead of external.
In Matthew 23:27-28
"You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness."
You look good on the outside but your inside is unclean. It's about what happens and changed inside of you. God changes our hearts and minds.
Spiritual instead of intellectual
We sometimes over think things and try to figure things out logically when we should let God in.
In the following scripture, the people were looking in scripture for Jesus but did not come to Him. They were looking for the wrong reasons in scripture
"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."
Relational instead of formal
"You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: "These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men."
Christianity to me is a relationship with God. You can do all the movements through church and formal practices or what not but if you dont have that relationship then you are really not a Christian to me.
A lot of people live life going through the motions but miss out on the connection with Jesus.
Approach God wholeheartedly.
God wants all of us. Not just 99% of us.
Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
You will not find God until you seek him with your all.
Exchange religion for relationship.
Kinda what I said earlier. My pastor once said "Religion will kill you but Jesus will set you free" talking about your relationship with Jesus.
In scripture, they talk about love for God is to obey his commands. You want to follow Him because He is God and will lead your way.
Put your faith On Him not just in Him.
Rely on God for the impossible. Believe in Him but also count on Him to answer your prayers and help you take that leap of faith you thought not possible. He will bless you!
What is God saying to you? What are His plans for your life?
To answer these questions myself... I feel God wants me to help people. That's a little vague but I know no matter what I do it will be helping people. I really feel for the people of this world that needs our help. I feel like I can help them. Whether it be my time or monetary donations. I just increased my tithe to my church and I know it will help in some way or fashion and I know I can sacrifice things for myself so others can have.
Also, I mentioned about a week or so ago about meeting with my pastor to get a Young Adult ministry going and we had our first meeting today with those that are interested in it. I am so excited and stoked about it! I was a little bit nervous but I loved it! God showed His love through me through my passions.
We start our leadership team meetings on the 2nd sunday of each month and it'll be to organize events, small groups, etc. for our young adult group. We are going on a tubing trip on the 19th for those young adults wanting to plug in and just have some fellowship time together. We have tons of ideas to help our community and be a support group for each other. God really has blessed me for taking that nervous leap of faith! It's really exciting to see this grow all from an email I sent a few weeks ago. I'm sooo very excited about it! If you will, pray for our young adult group and the members that we have now and the future members to join with us. I really feel like this can be a huge thing that will develop over the next year and I'm really excited about it.
The energy surrounding this is amazing. My pastor is very excited about it and other people in our church is really excited about it as well. God is doing some amazing things down here!